Violette Nozière
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Claude Chabrol's Violette was based on the true story of 19-year-old Violette Noziere, who in the 1930s was tried and convicted for the poisoning of her father and the attempted murder of her mother. As played by Isabelle Huppert (who won several awards for her performance), Violette is a thrill-seeking girl who falls for a no-good slug from the slums of Paris. Anxious to give money to her lover, Violette hatches the patricide scheme in order to inherit her father's fortune. But Violette's mother, played as an deglamorized drudge by the otherwise stunning Stephane Audran, is not so… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Chabrol's attempt to arouse sympathy for his heartless protagonist seemed a reach."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Chabrol film about a teenage prostitute who kills her parents, based on real-life story. Mostly interesting for its atmosphere and for Huppert's acting."
‑ Louis Proyect,
"Huppert's baby-fat monster is a neat landmine of familial tensions, and Chabrol knows just how far to push it"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Violette doesn't so much rejuvenate the "sex = death" equation that had been in place since Louise Brooks opened Pandora's Box as it does struggle to remember why women want sex in the first place."
‑ Eric Henderson, Slant Magazine
"Though the film tends to follow the trajectory of surface events and not delve deeper into either psychological motivations or historical influences, Chabrol's moody flourishes and storytelling tapestry are never less than mesmerizing."
‑ Prairie Miller, WBAI Web Radio
"The way [Huppert] holds her cigarette and wears her hat aslant would have given Bette Davis a run for her money."
‑ Kent Turner,
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